Master's or Doctoral Training for Medical Students (MD-M.Sc., MD-Ph.D.) / 2014-2015


Competition year :



Deadline (application) :

October 15th, 2013, 11:59 PM


Amount :

Master's: $15 000 / Doctoral: $20 000 / year


Duration :

Master's: 2 years / Doctoral: 3 years


Announcement of results :

April 2014



NOTE: No technical or administrative support will be available on Saturday, Sunday and on Monday, October 14.

This program, designed for medical students interested in a joint career as a clinician and research investigator, enables them to pursue medical studies concurrently with research training leading to a Master's or doctoral degree.


Eligibility requirements

Eligible applicants

  • Applicants with a university undergraduate
  • Applicants who hold a college diploma and who have not accumulated 90 courses credits in a doctor of medicine program and whose application is validated by the faculty of medicine in a letter of recommendation from the dean
  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents domiciled in Québec (as defined in the Common Rules and Regulations, art. 1.1), on the date the award becomes effective, or by June 30, 2014

    This status must remain in effect for the duration of the award.

Terms and conditions

  • Must be enrolled

    in a regular undergraduate program in medicine in a Québec university

    and simultaneously, in a regular Master's (M.Sc.) or doctoral program (Ph.D.) in human health sciences within a structured MD-M.Sc. or MD-Ph.D. program recognized by the FRQS in that Québec university.

  • Must submit a research project that can be completed within a maximum of 2 years (M.Sc.) or 3 years (Ph.D.).

    MD-M.Sc. program: The research project can be carried out in blocks of 2-4 non-consecutive months or can be incorporated in the MD program. Awardees are not obliged to interrupt their medical studies.

    MD-Ph.D. program: Awardees must temporarily interrupt their regular medical studies for a maximum of 3 years.

  • Must be supervised by an independent investigator (as defined in the Common Rules and Regulations, art. 1.2).

Basic training in research ethics

Basic training in research ethics is compulsory for all FRQS awardees when their research project involves human subjects.

The term "research project involving human subjects" applies when the research project involves:

  • living human subjects
  • cadavers, human remains, tissues, biological fluids, gametes, embryos or fetuses, cells or genetic materials
  • personal information on file. Personal information is defined as information that enables a person to be identified.

This basic training consists of successful completion of Levels 1 and 3 of the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux On-line Tutorial in Research Ethics.

Awardees must complete this basic training within a year of receipt of a positive response concerning the FRQS award.

FRQS encourages awardees to obtain, when possible, one-credit research ethics training in addition to the compulsory basic training in research ethics.


Required documents

Before October 15, 2013

Documents sent via mail or e-mail will not be accepted.

Transmission via the FRQS Web site only


  • Canadian Common CV (complete new version)
    The Fonds de recherche du Québec are using the new version of the Canadian Common CV for this competition. Only the Funding CV for the agency will be accepted.
  • detailed contributions (as a CV attachment)
  • Bourses de formation application form
  • Official academic transcripts for all university courses taken, whether completed or not
  • Copies of all awards, honours and distinction notices, including FRQS awards
  • Acknowledgements from publishers for articles that are submitted or accepted for publication.
  • Copy of the applicant's permanent resident card (if applicable)
  • Applicants who have not accumulated 90 course credits in a doctor of medicine program must submit a letter of recommendation from the dean of the faculty of medicine.

Research supervisor (and co-supervisor, if applicable)

  • Canadian Common CV (complete new version)
    The Fonds de recherche du Québec are using the new version of the Canadian Common CV for this competition. Only the Funding CV for the agency will be accepted.
  • detailed contributions (as a CV attachment)
  • Director's Form

After October 15, 2013

E-mail transmission (PDF documents only)


Copy of the permanent resident card, if applicable (when not joined with the application)

Application update

The e-mail transmission date will attest to the date on which the documents were submitted.

Articles in journals with peer-review committees may be updated until November 30, 2013.

  • Please include confirmation from publishers regarding articles submitted or accepted for publication.
  • Don't forget to submit all of your e-documents in a single PDF file to the program officer that includes the applicant's name and application number.


Applicant will receive e-mail confirmation of receipt of application, including notice of eligibility, by latest November.

At the starting date of award

When the award comes into effect, the awardee must submit (via e-mail, in PDF format)

  • A copy of a valid Québec health insurance card
  • An official proof of registration from the Registrar Office. Official proof of registration will also be required upon request from the program officer thereafter.


Duration of the award

Master's award

2 years, non-renewable

  • Awardees continuing on to doctoral studies may use any remaining portion of their Master's award toward those studies.

Doctoral award

6 years, at least 3 of which are devoted to full-time research

Parental leave

Awardees are entitled to a maximum of 6 months of paid parental leave (maternity, paternity or adoption), in which case the duration of the award will be extended by a maximum of 6 months. If both parents are awardees, only one of them is entitled to paid parental leave.

An applicant who wishes to take parental leave must have held the award for at least 4 months, unless he or she is already receiving an award from the FRQS.

Awardees must give the FRQS notice by e-mail of their intention to take parental leave, accompanied by a statement from their research director confirming that their training is being suspended for those months.

The paternity leave cannot begin before the first week of the child's birth. The awardee must attach a copy of the birth certificate to his application.

Sick leave

The awardee may defer the award in case of serious illness (his or her own or the illness of a close family member) upon presentation of a medical certificate that includes the precise length of leave prescribed by the physician. The recipient must inform the FRQS via e-mail of his/her intention to postpone the award. Payments will be suspended during that period.


Amount of the award

 Master's award



  • One new award per year, per university

Two awards, exceptionally, if the university submits no applications for the MD-Ph.D. program

Doctoral award

$20,000/year for 3 years of full-time enrolment in a research program

$10,000/year for 3 years during which the awardee completes the research project or pursues research activities (seminars, thesis writing) concurrently with medical studies


  • Applicants continuing on to doctoral studies may use any remaining portion of their Master's award towards those studies.

Two awards, exceptionally, if the university submits no applications for the MD-M.Sc. program


The award will be paid out to the applicant in instalments sent to institution where the applicant is carrying out the training program.

Income Tax

The awardee is responsible for paying the income tax due on amounts received from the FRQS. No taxes are withheld at source by the FRQS on amounts disbursed during the tax year in question.

The date the amount is granted determines the year in which the awardee must declare the amounts received as income for personal tax calculations.

Revenue Canada's T4A form and Revenue Québec's form 1 are sent to the awardee's mailing address (the one shown in the candidate's module /module du candidat) in February of the following year of taxation.

The details provided in this form are for information purposes only. The FRQS is not responsible for the validity of the information given about income tax.

Parental leave

See Duration of award


Other sources of funding

Institution or supervisor

The awardee may accept additional funding from the institution or his/her research supervisor.

Concurrent funding

See Common Rules and Regulations, art. 6.13





Each university with a Faculty of medicine names a committee of experts to review applications and submit recommendations to the FRQS.


Academic record

  • Excellence of academic record
  • Awards
  • Honours
  • Distinctions

Aptitudes and experience

  • Lectures and presentations
  • Publications
  • Research projects and internship programs

Research project

  • Clear, concise background for research problem
  • Clarity and agreement between hypotheses and objectives
  • Relevant methods and analysis
  • Feasibility
  • Originality of project and contribution to the advancement of knowledge

Training environment

  • Justification of the candidate's choice
  • Quality of supervisor's publication record related to student training record


Awardee's agreement

In submitting an application, the applicant must:

  • Comply with the obligations outlined in the Common Rules and Regulations (Règles générales communes) of the three Fonds and in the Politique du libre accès aux résultats de recherche publiés as well as with the conditions and requirements outlined in the online program description.
  • Comply with the ethics and integrity standards outlined in the FRQS document Standards en éthique de la recherche et d'intégrité scientifique.
  • Authorize the FRQS to retain and use the personal and scientific information included in the application documents, in keeping with the terms outlined in the document Accès aux documents et protection des renseignements personnels and provided that the people who are granted access to the information respect its confidentiality.


Supervisor's agreement

The supervisor must:

  • Oversee the awardee's work and provide the awardee with the material and financial means necessary to carry out the research project.
  • Ensure that the awardee complies with the standards of ethics and integrity outlined in the FRQS document Standards en éthique de la recherche et d'intégrité scientifique.


Specific theme funded by our partner

The FRQS offers a number of awards in collaboration with partners. The amounts of funding provided by the FRQS and the partner as well as other funding conditions (i.e. funding period and renewal option) may vary according to the agreements in effect.

Eligible applicants are selected through a three-step process:

  1. Applicants must select, by priority order, one or more partners whose research areas are in line with the themes of the application in order of preference (see section Partenariats [partnerships] on the form).
  2. The FRQS will send the partners a list of applications. The partners will assess the relevance of the applications based on their interests and research priorities.
  3. The applications will be assessed by a committee of experts or peers. Applications that obtain a score of at least 70% for scientific excellence and which are relevant to the work of one or more partners may be offered partnership funding.

Like all other FRQS awards, the partnership awards are attributed based on merit following a scientific assessment by a committee of experts or peers.


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Elina Boutia

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